EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 5, 2014

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — It’s official: Smith runs for U.S. Senate

CONCORD (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith says he has returned to New Hampshire to run for his old seat because too many people in Washington have no sense of urgency or vision to restore the nation to greatness.

Smith, who recently moved back from Florida, is among several Republicans competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. He announced his campaign yesterday, saying he has the experience, knowledge and fortitude to wrest power from Washington bureaucrats and help citizens reclaim their liberties.

Smith spent three terms in the U.S. House and two in the Senate before losing the 2002 primary to John E. Sununu.

In 1999, Smith ran for president, dropped out of the Republican party, became an independent, ended his presidential campaign and returned to the GOP.

Former lawmaker not charged for fatality

DOVER (AP) — Authorities say no criminal charges will be filed against a former New Hampshire state representative in connection with a fatal crash in December.

Police said Michael Weeden, also a former city councilor in Dover, was fastening his seatbelt as he turned from his driveway. He crossed the center line into the opposite lane of traffic, colliding with a car driven by 87-year-old Martin Carignan of Somersworth. Carignan died at a Boston hospital the day after the crash Dec. 2.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports both Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi and Dover police said Monday they determined Weeden was “neither purposeful, knowing, nor reckless in causing the collision.”

Weeden has been charged with a violation for operating in the wrong lane of traffic and has to pay a $100 fine.

UNH mum on fired employee

DURHAM (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has fired a part-time member of its athletic department after allegations of misconduct involving athletes.

The university in Durham did not identify the employee nor what he or she did for the school. It also did not specify the misconduct that came to light about 10 days ago. University Police Chief Paul Dean said the allegations involve the invasion of privacy.

In a brief statement, the university said the staff member was first placed on administrative leave, then fired. The university police department is investigating.

A spokeswoman for the university declined to provide further details.

It’s not just you, it IS colder than normal

CONCORD (AP) — It’s colder than normal this time of year in New Hampshire, and the temperatures are going to struggle to make their way into to the 20s.

The National Weather Service says conditions in the state are well below normal for early March. High temperatures should be climbing into the upper 30s.

The cold is expected to last into today.